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USA: SRCC Improves Process Efficiency and Works on Standard for Combi Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 9, 2011

 Eileen Prado, Executive Director of the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation SRCC Since Eileen Prado has become Executive Director of the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation SRCC in summer 2010, the average time for the testing and certification process has been cut in half. Although there are new programmes coming up next year, Prado is confident that certification periods can be reduced further.
Photo: SRCC

USA: Massachusetts Supports Commercial Solar Systems with up to USD 25,000

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 18, 2011

 Massachusetts State House in Boston In Massachusetts, a new support programme for large-scale solar thermal systems has come into effect recently. Building owners can now apply for grants of up to USD 25,000 (residential and commercial systems) or even USD 30,000 (systems on public buildings) thanks to the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Commercial Pilot Program. Pre-studies can also be funded with up to USD 10,000 – applicants have only to pay 25 % of the costs themselves and will receive the rest as a grant. The photo shows the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
Photo: Jens Goetzke/pixelio

Standardisation and Quality Assurance in Solar Thermal (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 26, 2011

This is a presentation made during the Regional Workshop of Solar Thermal Water Heating that took place in Chile in June 2011. The presentation by Dr. Harald Drück from the University of Stuttgart covers the international, European and national standards available for solar thermal components and systems, testing and certification issues.

Solar Domestic Hot Water System and Component Test Protocols (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 30, 2011

This document, issued by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation, includes a series of test protocols addressing specific requirements for the testing of solar water heating systems and their auxiliary components (e.g. heat exchangers).

USA: Solar Thermal SRECs traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 27, 2011

 RPS Policies with Solar/DG Provisions” More and more state governments in the USA approve Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) with a certain share of solar energy. An RPS requires utilities to retrieve a certain percentage from renewable sources every year. For example, in the District of Columbo (D.C.), utilities will have to get 20 % of their energy from renewable sources, with 0.4 % of that from solar. The map shows all states with an RPS policy including solar or Distributed Generation (DG).
Figure: dsireusa.org

New York State: Electricity Replacement Grants for 13,000 Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2010

The first financing measure in the framework of New York's Solar Thermal Roadmap is about to be implemented: Very soon, solar thermal technology will be the next technology to profit from the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), which were introduced in the State of New York in 2005. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is responsible for administering the RPS funds, which are collected via the electricity bills of individual clients – residential and commercial ones – in the service areas of investor-owned utilities. A total of USD 25.8 million was allocated to subsidise solar thermal installations replacing electric water heaters. Combi systems are also eligible for the incentive scheme if the rooms in question were previously heated with electricity.

USA: SRCC tackles Backlogs in Solar Thermal Testing and Certification

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2010

 Logo SRCC” The US-based Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) is on the fast lane. Within only one and a half years SRCC has increased the number of accredited test labs from two to fourteen. Collector and system suppliers that want to enter the US-market can now address test institutes in Australia, Spain, Canada, Germany, China and Switzerland, as well as the US.

IEA-SHC 43: On the Way to Harmonize Testing and Certification

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 2, 2009

 IEA SHC 43” At the request of the US Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC), the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) formed Task 43, the “Solar Rating and Certification Procedure”.
Photo: IEA SHC

European Facilities Testing Products for the US Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 31, 2009

 SPF Institute Switzerland” Accredited for SRCC testing: The SPF Institute for Solar Technology from Switzerland is one of six European testing institutes being able to test collectors according to quality standards by the US-American Solar Rating & Certification Corporation.
Photo: SPF Rapperswil

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